State Capitol was opened in 1878 and cost about $2.5 million. In
1971, the United States Department of Interior registered the
State Capitol as a National Historic Landmark.
In 1974, the
State Legislature created the Office of the State Capitol
Police. The original
State Capitol Police Officers were; Charles Rival, Anthony
Murphy, Daniel Blanchette, Dennis Covini, Rick Peterson, Mark
Yuknat and Lawrence Callahan. The operations of
the State Capitol Police were supervised by Troopers David Comp,
Thomas Johnson and Richard Ziel of the Connecticut State Police
under the direction of the Joint Committee of Legislative
government increased in the early 80's the need for more office
space was apparent so the Legislative Office Building (LOB) was
erected on the site of the State Amory parking lot adjacent to
the State Capitol. The LOB was opened in 1988 for a cost of
about $61 million. With the new LOB, State Capitol, Parking
garage and several other state buildings to patrol the State
Capitol Police staffing levels needed to grow to accommodate the
security needs of the legislature and their employees. As a
result the State Capitol Police had it's biggest growth spurt
between 1987 -1989 hiring close to 2o new officers.
time of growth the State Capitol Police were led by Sgt. David
Comp of the Ct. State Police, who was appointed Chief of the
department in the late 70's. Trooper Anthony Murphy served as
his second in command. In 1986 Charles Rival and Lawrence
Callahan, two original Capitol Police Officers, were promoted to
Supervisors along with Reginald Davis. This was the command
staff until Sgt. David Comp retired in the summer of 1989.
was promoted to Sgt. and replaced the retiring David Comp as
head of the Capitol Police. Charles Rival was promoted to
Executive Officer and Lawrence Callahan and Reginald Davis
remained as supervisors. This was the leadership of the State
Capitol Police until 1996 when the Legislature decided to change
the status of the Capitol Police.
was reorganized in 1996 to be independent of the State Police.
Although the Capitol Police were no longer under the control of
the State Police, they retained their State wide jurisdiction
and arrest powers to accommodate the diverse nature of their
work. Chief Michael Whalen was hired as the department's first
chief. At the time of his hiring Whalen was a practicing
attorney and a retired Hartford Police Lieutenant.
Whalen's guidance the Capitol Police experienced a rapid
transformation into an independent police agency. A new radio
system, new Capitol Police cruisers, updated training, a new
rank structure and the beginning steps of National Accreditation
are the hallmark of Chief Whalen tenure.
department's rank structure was established in 1997. John
Devine, Robert Holmgren, Paul Longo and William Morgan were the
first officers promoted to the rank of sergeant.
successfully completing a competitive exam process for the
position, William Morgan was promoted to Lieutenant in 1998.
In June of
2000, Chief Whalen left the State Capitol Police to become Chief
in the town of Farmington, CT.
Morgan was promoted to the position in August 2000. Robert
Holmgren was appointed Lieutenant, with John Devine, Glenn Kolat
and Paul Longo as the sergeants. Walter Lee was promoted as the
third sergeant in August 2004.
National Accreditation was granted to the State Capitol Police
by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies,
department's first 4 bike patrol officers completed a 5 day
IPMBA Police Cyclist Course on June 6, 2003. In 2005 2
more officers completed the IPMBA course bringing the total bike
patrol division to 6 active members. The Bike Patrol Office
was completed in 2005 making it a fully functional for repairs
and storage of the bikes and equipment.
In April of 2006 the department added a new rank to its
organization, Corporal. Timothy Kasek, Robert Bates, Richard
Segreto, Peter Marrero, John Fabale and Matthew Kacerguis were
promoted as the Departments first Corporals. Robert Arsenault
was promoted to Sergeant.
On 12/1/06, Michael Fallon was sworn in as the new Chief of the
State Capitol Police. He is only the third person to hold this
distinction. Chief Fallon retired from the Hartford Police
Department as a Assistant Chief after a stellar 23 year career.
On 2/8/08, Walter Lee was promoted to Lieutenant.
Lieutenant Lee will head the Operations Division. Lt. Lee
is a nine year veteran of the Connecticut State Capitol Police.
On 2/29/08, Stephen Hajdasz was sworn in as the new Operations
Support Lieutenant. Lt. Hajdasz retired from the
Hartford Police Department as a Captain after a 20 year career.
On 12/04/09, Chief Michael J. Fallon died after a courageous
battle with cancer. Lieutenant Walter Lee was named Acting Chief
of the State Capitol Police by Legislative Management.
On 06-18-2010 after a nationwide search, the Legislative Leaders
confirmed Walter Lee Jr. to be the fourth Chief of Police of the
State Capitol Police Department.
Retired from the State Capitol Police are:
Blanchette in 1994
Charles Rival in 1996
Robert Daley in 1997
Lawrence Callahan in 1997
Tracy Schulz in 1999
Reginald Davis in 2000
Paul Warren in 2005
John Fabale in 2006
Gregory Miller in 2006
William Morgan in 2006
Glenn Kolat in 2006
Michael Kopinja in 2007
Laura Fago in 2007
John Devine in 2008
Mark Baldwin 2008
Robert Arsenault 2008
Richard Segretto 2009
Dennis O'Connell 2009
Timothy Kasek 2009
Kevin Long 2010
Pilar Marrero 2010
Robert Bates 2010
Paul Longo 2011